African Library Project

The No.1 Priscilla Project

09/15/2011 to 03/15/2012
Oakland CA

The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)

This book drive is organized by ...

Sheri Jennings and her husband Ian Smith went with close friends Ron and Mary Sproat to Africa in 2008. Our guide was a brilliant woman from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, named Priscilla. We will never forget her incredible intellect, warmth, generosity, sense of humour and spirit. Priscilla is a wonderful example of what can be achieved if one is given opportunity to succeed. Education is of course key.

Priscilla took us to visit several schools in Zimbabwe, where we met school children, teachers, and were impressed with what is done with so little resources. We were all deeply touched; especially by the beautiful and bright children we met. We also met people in Botswana and Namibia, and were treated so kindly by all.

Many friends and family will be donating time and money to the The No. 1 Priscilla Project, but Mary Sproat has really kicked it off by arranging for her town library in St. Helena to donate all of their children\'s books recently designated for reuse elsewhere. We are off to a great start!

We want to start a library in Africa because...

It is hard to put into words the impact visiting Africa had on us. Children we met in Zimbabwe started school when they were strong enough to walk the distance to and from school - sometimes up to 5 miles each way.

We will never forget these beautiful children - they sang for us, held our hands to show us around their school, and were so very excited to practice their English (and football! (soccer)) skills.

Their teachers are so dedicated and do so much with so very little. It is a priviledge to be involved with the African Library Project knowing that we will be able to directly impact these teachers and students by providing much needed books.

About our African Partners...

Pandamateng Primary School in Botswana! The school has 400 readers, pre-school through 4th grade.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Our books shipped February 22! Thanks to all of you!

Here's how you can contribute your books...

Although our books have shipped we still seek donations. Your donations are tax deductible.

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

Please make your checks out to Sheri Jennings (your contribution is tax deductible-please let me know if you need a receipt) and send them to:
Sheri Jennings
8850 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94611

We are planning to raise money from our generous friends and family, perhaps along with some local organizations. Our fundraising plan is a a work in progress. I will collect all donations and write one check for shipping expenses when we are ready to ship.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please spread the word! I\'ll also hold book parties - going through the books, packing the books, etc. We\'re going to have a lot of fun!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Sheri Jennings Please be specific in your message. I will return calls as promptly as possible.
Email: coachsherij@gmail.com
Phone: 510.333.1601

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000+ books $700 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 02.22.12)
1140+ books $400 fundraising

Looking forward to a continued relationship with Pandamateng Primary School and our partners in Botswana.

Originally thought to go to a partner (school) in Lesotho this December, the books from this project will now be going to Pandamateng Primary School in Botswana. We are very excited to be partnered with this school which has 400 readers and 15 teachers.

Acknowledgements

A big shout out to Becky Rajeski, Ian Smith, and Spencer Ingels who were hugely helpful and encouraging during the last week especially. Ian and Spence thanks for your love and brawn - Becky thanks for helping especially with the pre-school books - your knowledge and experience was invaluable! Thank you to Leslie Stanto, Youth Services Supervisor at the St. Helena Library for her time in organizing such a generous \"kick off\" donation, and the help of Mary and Ron Sproat; Mary captured the donation and Ron loaded the No. 1 Pricilla Project \"book mobile\". Love you guys!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Get your friends and family involved early on. Do sort as books come in. Be flexible (I lost the use of 90% of my office space for months!). And above all remember the importance of reading. Education is the key to independence. And don\'t be afraid of failing - I had my moments, and we got there anyway!

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About the African Library Project

Learn more about the African Library Project at http://www.africanlibraryproject.org.
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